Android Beam brings touch to share on NFC-enabled Androids
posted by Victor H. / Oct 19, 2011, 2:56 AM
When we first heard about the newly announced Galaxy Nexus coming with NFC our first thought was Google Wallet. After the Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) demo, though, this quickly changed to Android Beam. The NFC-reliant new feature impresses with the fact that it allows you to share pretty much everything on your phone with a single tap: apps, contacts, music, videos, websites, directions.
What’s really impressive about it though is not sheer functionality - rather it’s the way it works. Simply, without any complicated menus, touch the phones, tap your screen to confirm the “beaming” and off goes the transfer.Applications for example get transferred by simply pushing an Android Market link to the other device, so the Market there opens automatically and allows you to download the APK.
The possibilities are endless - you can share gaming scores, but also use the feature for multiplayer (woot!), chat and others. Check out the video demo below from Google's joint event with Samsung. Impressive, isn't it?
source: Android Developers via Engadget
Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2011
does it only applies to a similar phone? If it does, i dont this this is something of a selling point unless the units are sold as much as the SGS 2 or the iphone 4...
posted on Oct 19, 2011, 3:19 AM 0
Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 15, 2011
i think it will apply to all the phone having nfc in them
posted on Oct 19, 2011, 4:06 AM 0
Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 14, 2011
copied from nokia
posted on Oct 19, 2011, 6:36 AM 0
Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 03, 2011
Yes, Nokia has done this with the N9. Not for say Nokia is the best and whatsoever, but it's for the sake of precision. PS : can we connect with accessories with beam, like handsets or speakers (as Nokia demonstrated when they shown the N9) ?
posted on Oct 19, 2011, 8:14 AM 0
Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 20, 2011
Too close for comfort, if you ask me - complete violation of my personal space :). I can understand the 'commerce' implications (mobile pay etc) but other applications are frivolous at best (oooooh, I transferred YOU to android market to download MY favorite multiplayer game - how lazy do you have to be?).
posted on Oct 20, 2011, 1:33 PM 0
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